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Butterflies my photos, my words

On most days when I head out with my camera I’m chasing photos of birds. Occasionally I come back with a photo of a butterfly, the subject of my featured gallery for July.

That’s not my goal, but it’s nice when it happens.

That’s the reason why nearly all of these butterfly photos were shot using my “bird set-up”: the Canon EF 600mm f/4L telephoto lens I carry when I'm shooting wildlife. If I run across a butterfly in an interesting setting while I'm shooting wildlife I'll go ahead and get the shot.

Tiger swallowtail butterfly on a thistle plant, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

It may seem odd shooting “macro" or close-up butterfly images from 15 feet away using a telephoto lens, but it works.

A cabbage white butterfly feeds on flowers in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.

The butterfly I see most often on flowers and in the fields of Central Ohio during the summer months is the monarch. It is unique among butterflies, because it’s the only butterfly that migrates north and south, coming as far north as Canada each summer before returning to Mexico for the winter.

Monarch butterfly on colorful flowers, Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, Hilton Head, S.C.

But the monarch’s life span is so short - usually no more than two months for butterflies born in early summer - that no one monarch makes the round-trip migration. Female monarchs deposit eggs during the migration, with the offspring completing the journey.

A monarch butterfly feeds on a butterfly bush, Hilliard, Ohio.
Tiger swallowtail butterfly on a thistle plant, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A cabbage white butterfly feeds on flowers in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
Monarch butterfly on colorful flowers, Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, Hilton Head, S.C.
An eastern comma butterfly rests on a leaf in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A red admiral butterfly feeds on a butterfly bush, Hilliard, Ohio.
A male tiger swallowtail feeds on teasel flowers in a field, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A monarch butterfly feeds on a wild teasel plant in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A spicebush swallowtail rests on a flower in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A gulf fritillary butterfly perches on a flower in Sea Pines Forest Preserve, Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Monarch butterfly on a yellow flower, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A tiger swallowtail butterfly feeds on a butterfly bush, Hilliard, Ohio.
A red admiral butterfly rests in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
Monarch butterfly in a field, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, West Jefferson, Ohio.
A great spangled fritillary rests in a field in Slate Run Metro Park, Canal Winchester, Ohio.
A tiger swallowtail butterfly feeds on a butterfly bush, Hilliard, Ohio.
A monarch butterfly feeds on a butterfly bush, Hilliard, Ohio.
A red admiral butterfly feeds on a butterfly bush, Hilliard, Ohio.
A tiger swallowtail butterfly feeds on a butterfly bush, Hilliard, Ohio.
Monarch butterfly hanging on flower, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, West Jefferson, Ohio.
Silver-spotted skipper on wild teasel, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
An eastern comma butterfly perches upside down in Prairie Oaks Metro Park, West Jefferson, Ohio.
Monarch butterfly probes a flower, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
Male tiger swallowtail on teasel, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A monarch butterfly feeds on a butterfly bush, Hilliard, Ohio.
A black swallowtail butterfly rests on a flower in Slate Run Metro Park, Canal Winchester, Ohio.
A red admiral butterfly feeds on a butterfly bush, Hilliard, Ohio.
Monarch butterfly on a sunflower, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A Clouded Yellow Butterfly blends with plants in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A red admiral butterfly feeds on a butterfly bush, Hilliard, Ohio.
Monarch butterfly among flowers, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, West Jefferson, Ohio.
A pair of zebra swallowtails mate in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A monarch butterfly feeds on a flower, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
Male tiger swallowtail climbing a teasel plant, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
A monarch butterfly feeds on a butterfly bush, Hilliard, Ohio.
A male tiger swallowtail butterfly feeds on flowers on a teasel plant, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
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